Paul Smith

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Paul M. Smith, is a Professor from Practice at Georgetown University Law Center where he teaches Constitutional Law, Election Law and LGBT Rights.  He is also VP for Litigation and Strategy at the Campaign Legal Center, which litigates cases to protect and improve our democracy.  Until 2017, he was a partner in Jenner & Block LLP's Washington, D.C., office, where he chaired the firm's Appellate and Supreme Court Practice. Paul has argued 21 cases before the Supreme Court, including Lawrence v. Texas, the landmark gay rights case, Brown v. EMA, which established First Amendment protection for video games, and a long list of major voting-related cases.   Paul graduated from Yale Law School, where he served as editor-in-chief of the Yale Law Journal. He clerked for Judge James L. Oakes of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and for Justice Lewis F. Powell, Jr. of the Supreme Court. He served as a member of the Board of Governors of the District of Columbia Bar and represented the DC Bar in the ABA House of Delegates.  He now serves on the Council of the ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice.  In 2010, he received that section's Thurgood Marshall Award for his work on civil rights and civil liberties.  He is a trustee of his alma mater, Amherst College, which awarded him an honorary degree in 2015.  


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